Church activities and ministries
Though some things have changed in this pandemic season, there are always ways to stay (or get) involved!
The church choir is open to all and sings a variety of classical, contemporary and traditional music. The choir is currently practicing via Zoom. Christine Hoskin is the choir director accompanied by Kay Hillinger on piano. Contact Christine for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
ETNA GOSPEL GROUP
The Etna Gospel Group (EGGs) sings a variety of old country gospel songs accompanied by guitar, bass guitar, and mandolin. The EGGs sing 1-2 times a month during the worship service and visit the Genesis nursing facility usually on the fourth Monday and Hanover Terrace on the second Monday 6:30-7:30 PM. The group is open to everyone. Practices are informal after the coffee hour on some Sundays. Contact Marjorie.email@example.com for further information.
Our Christian Education program is gearing up for a restart! More news to follow!
Children’s Christian education includes weekly Sunday school for pre-k through 5th grades and a youth group for middle and high schoolers which meets mid-way during the Sunday worship service during the academic year. During the school vacation weeks and the summer months we offer a “one-room school house” for pre-K through grade 5, often focusing on service projects.
Adult Bible Study
Adult Bible Study usually meets on Saturday mornings at 9 AM though we have paused gathering due to the pandemic. We're looking forward to restarting and diving in deep together into God's Word!
Church Community Events and Activities
All of these events have been put on hold until further notice due to the pandemic.
Craft night meets the second Thursday each month at 6:30 PM in Trumbull Hall to share fellowship, fun, and craft ideas. Bring your own craft to share or demonstrate or learn a new craft from community members. Contact Norma Pelton for further info.
The Hanover Center Old Timers Fair is an old-fashioned country fair for the whole family on the green In Hanover Center the last Friday and Saturday in June which helps raise funds to maintain the historic church building. For further info contact Christine Hoskins or Elaine Hawthorne
The Summer Band Concert/Pie & ice cream social on the Etna green in mid-July on a Saturday evening brings together all generations for al old fashioned treat of music and a variety of homemade pies.
The Community Mud-season Talent show is open to all ages and talents in the Etna/Hanover Center community for an evening of fun on a Saturday in late-March/Early April at the Trumbull Hall stage.
Our Outreach Team continues to work creatively to connect us to the needs in our community, even during the pandemic. Below are just a few examples of things we do during normal times. For information on what we're currently doing, please reach out to us.
The Etna Ladies Aid is a community group (including church and non-church members) which organizes fund raisers such as the community rummage sale to raise funds for community members in need. Meetings are in Trumbull Hall. Contact Norma Pelton for further information.
Hanover Center Women’s Fellowship includes church and community members who put on the annual Chicken Pot Pie supper the last Saturday in October to help support community members in need and several rummage sales during the year. Further info please contact Elaine Hawthorne or Christine Hoskin.
Listen community dinners: Two groups regularly help prepare a community dinner at the Listen Center. One church group is scheduled on the first Tuesday of every month--contact Ken Pelton for further information. A second community group does the first Monday every other month --see Betsy Warren for information.
Sunday morning outreach programs occur during the year including collections of food for the Listen Pantry, Thanksgiving Baskets for community members in need, and Operation Christmas Child. Info is posted on the weekly announcements.
Summer Lunch Program involves preparing and delivering 30-40 fresh healthy lunches for low-income upper valley children.
Sunday morning worship opportunities include:
Lay readers for the scripture readings,
Deacons who assist with monthly communion,
Greeters who welcome members and hand out bulletins,
Ushers who help with the offering.